Jonathan: The weather changed during the night, with rain carried in from the south-west on a mild wind having mostly melted the snow, but falling on frozen blacktop had resulted in black ice. The coldest it’s been in the past week has been -4degC a couple of mornings ago, but for the most part its just hovered between 0 and +4 – ie just cold enough to stop the little snow we had from melting. Compared to the mainland Scotland and north east England it has been positively balmy here! By the time I’d fed the hens and geese and sheep the rain had cleared and it was a fine morning with a light breeze. This cow – munching grass by the roadside near the croft – seemed quite happy!
Denise: A problem with the water supply somewhere: pressure so low the electric shower wouldn’t fire up, and the washing machines were beeping and flashing and eventually had to be turned off. House is certainly cold, but not enough to freeze pipes inside. Buried pipes here in Uist are often just below the surface, as frosts are rarely more than light or short-lived: but J says the temperature outside is only just a fraction below zero, so perhaps its nothing to do with the cold.
Jonathan: A couple of inches of snow fell last night which is unusual enough, but having – as usual – started to melt immediately, the skies cleared in the early morning and it re-froze as ice. The roads don’t appear to have been salted either, so getting to the croft and back was a bit tricky. The drive up to Aird on Benbecula for the dry stane dyking course didn’t attract either – 65 mile round trip of ice snow and single-track road: I doubt I’d have been the only one not to turn up! But a lovely bright day all the same.